(I'm sure an official announcement on philly.com will come soon, but an email signed by Will Shortz qualifies for me even with the many typos. Here, for the sudoku community - whether advanced, intermediate, or beginner - is finally some justice; nothing can fully restore the finals, but this is something.)
We are pleased to announce the final results for the Advanced Division of The Philadelphia Inquirer Sudoku National Championship, held on October 24, 2009, following an investigation regarding a possible violation of the Championship rules. First place and $10,000 was awarded to Tammy McLeod from Los Angeles, CA. Thomas Snyder from Palo Alto, CA. won second place and $4,000. Chris Narrikkattu was awarded thrid place and $3,000 as a result of the disqualification of Eugene Varshavsky.
Mr. Varshavsky's poor on-stage performance during the championship finals led to a thorough investigation of his qualifying round solving time, and ultimately resulted in his disqualification.
Over the last three years out Championship has established a reputation as the championship for everyone and has a strong following in the advanced, intermediate and beginner sudoku community. The integrity of this competition remains our highest priority and we hope you will join us again next year for our fourth annual Sudoku National Championship.
ETA: Now the Inquirer's story is out: 3rd Place Winner Disqualified in Sudoku Scandal
EFTA: Philly.com/sudoku official statement